Articles From : Joan the Dog Coach

  • Enrichment Activities for Dogs Can Mean a Delightful Pawliday Season for Everyone

    Discover how providing enrichment opportunities for inquisitive canines can help keep your pawliday festivities fun and rewarding for you, your pets, and your guests!


  • Halloween Can Be Tricky for Dogs – Here’s How to Make It a Treat!

    Halloween can be a little tricky for pets, but with a little advanced preparation, we can make it a real treat for our dogs!

  • PART TWO: Is Your Dog Stressed Out? Top 10 Ways You Can Help

    Joan is back with Part Two on how to help your stressed out pup with ten easy tips.

  • K9 Nose Work® Continuing Education

    K9 Nose Work® Continuing Education

    This 6-week Intro to K9 Nose Work® (K9NW) Continuing Education course is for dogs and handlers who have completed NACSW Intro to K9 Nose Work® and Intro to Odor® courses. This course introduces four main elements of the K9NW sport including interiors, exteriors, vehicles, and containers, while shaping the dogs hunting and problem-solving skills. As with previous K9NW classes, focus is on enriching the dog’s life, tapping into their desire to play the game, and establishing good teamwork.

  • Is Your Dog Stressed Out? How Can You Tell, Part One

    In Part One of this two-part series, we’re going to look at potential sources of canine stress, how to identify when a stimulus triggers a stress response, and review how dogs might communicate fear or anxiety through body language.

  • A Deep Dive into Dog Training’s Three D’s: Distance, Duration, and Distractions

    We live in a distracting world, and it can be the same for our pet dogs! We expect a lot from them and it can be hard for your dog to focus on training when the world is so very interesting.

  • Mutt Myth Busting

    We’ve all heard them – pervasive myths about canine behavior. Well, let’s take a closer look at three of the most common and often repeated myths, and see how they stack up to the facts we know about the science of animal behavior.

  • Tips for Parents with Dogs and Kids

    Families considering acquiring a dog, families that already have both children and dogs, and expecting parents with dogs, all share a common concern – safely raising children and dogs together. 

  • Insights into Understanding Dog Body Language

    If you’ve ever wished that you and your dog spoke the same language, a great place to start is simply watching your pup and noting what you see.

  • Red Foxes at the Bird Refuge

    Joan captured a fantastic photo of Red Foxes posing at the Bird Refuge.

  • Summer Holidays and Beyond: Dog Training Behaviors That Never Go Out of Style

    No matter your summertime plans for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or Labor Day, these top tips can help your dog be a perfect guest – or host.

  • The Language of Dog Training and Why It Matters

    Do you ever consider if the words we use matter when we approach training our canine companions?

  • Make Training Your Dog Easier: Be Consistent, Be Clear and Be Kind

    There are many things you can do to make training your inquisitive canine easier, including consistency, expectations, and environment. 

  • Generalizing: Unleashing the Key to Dog Training Success in Every Environment

    Would you like to learn how to encourage your dog to work with you wherever you happen to be? Then, one of the most important concepts you can remember is that of generalization.

  • Harnessing the Power of Motivation in Dog Training

    Are you and your inquisitive canine ready to take your dog training to the next level? Keep reading for tips to make your pooch the best on the block.

  • Harnessing the Effort of Planning for Your New Pup

    Planning ahead before bringing a new puppy or adult dog into your home can help ease the transition and reduce stress — for everyone, including the dog.

  • 5 Important Considerations Before Adopting a Puppy or Adult Dog

    “Oh! What a cute little doggy…Let’s bring him home!” So, you’re thinking about adding a cuddly puppy or snuggly adult pooch to your family. 

  • Help Your Dog be a Pawfect Host During the Holidays

    the holiday season is a time for family, friends and hopefully, some pet-friendly celebrations too. Here are some tips to keep your pet happy during the holidays.

  • Help Your Dog be a Pawfect Guest During the Holidays

    With the holiday season fast approaching, we want to share some tips to help you help your dog be a courteous guest.

  • A Walk in the Park: Leash Walking Tips for You and Your Pup

    Walking together is one of the most basic activities dogs and the people who love them do together, so here are tips to help you and your dog harness an easy, enjoyable, walking experience.

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